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Living is a Problem

(The sixth book in the Skelfs series)
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Drones, gangland vendettas, a missing choir singer, disturbances in the cemetery, PTSD, panpsychism, and secrets from the past ... This can ONLY mean one thing! The Skelfs are back, and things are as nail-biting, tense and warmly funny as ever!

‘ Hurroo! The Skelfs — Edinburgh funeral directors and part-time private eyes — are back ... the persistence of love in the Skelf household, no matter what fate flings at it, is reassuring and life-affirming' The Times Book of the Month


The Skelf women are back on an even keel after everything they' ve been through. But when a funeral they' re conducting is attacked by a drone, Jenny fears they' re in the middle of an Edinburgh gangland vendetta.

At the same time, Yana, a Ukrainian member of the refugee choir that plays with Dorothy' s band, has gone missing. Searching for her leads Dorothy into strange and ominous territory.

And Brodie, the newest member of the extended Skelf family, comes to Hannah with a case: Something or someone has been disturbing the grave of his stillborn son.

Everything is changing for the Skelfs ... Dorothy' s boyfriend Thomas is suffering PTSD after previous violent trauma, Jenny and Archie are becoming close, and Hannah' s case leads her to consider the curious concept of panpsychism, which brings new danger ... while ghosts from the family' s past return to threaten their very lives.

Funny, shocking and profound, Living Is A Problem is the highly anticipated sixth instalment of the unforgettable Skelfs series – shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize for Best Scottish Crime Novel and Theakston Old Peculier Crime Book of the Year – where life and death become intertwined more than ever before...

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"If you loved Iain Bankes you'll devour the Skelfs series." - Erin Kelly

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